Coach Education & Courses

Loughborough Sport Tennis Centre is one of twelve new 'Coach Development Centres', working in partnership with the LTA to deliver coach education and develop the next generation of Tennis coaches. Loughborough Sport Tennis Centre is the sole provider of official LTA courses in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, working closely with the county associations to ensure we are active in all areas across the counties. Please make sure to read out T&Cs at the bottom of this page

Core Course Menu


LTA Assistant: Core Training (Level 1)

This enhanced two-day qualification is ideal for tennis parents, enthusiasts, or keen players looking for the knowledge and skills to support group coaching sessions, alongside a lead Coach.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Communication, organisation and differentiation skills for group coaching
  • Basic tactical, technical, physical and mental development frameworks
  • Other key assistant skills; from safeguarding to LTA Youth delivery
  • Cost: £250.00

Training prerequisites

Our courses have pre-requisites to ensure that the course is right for you. For the LTA Assistant, these are:

  • Be 16 years old on or before the first day of the course
  • Have a signed ‘letter of deployment’ from the venue where you have your 4 hours’ work-experience organised.

Find out more about the LTA Assistant 

Upcoming LTA Assistant Course Dates : TBC


LTA Instructor: Core Training (Level 2)

This enhanced five-day qualification, is ideal for those looking to build on the coaching foundations of LTA Assistant, enabling you to lead in the delivery of group coaching.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Develop more advanced skills in communication and organisation
  • Have introductory knowledge of ‘observation and analysis’ of players
  • Be able to provide general coaching advice across physical, mental, tactical, and technical domains
  • Plan and deliver structured lessons from official LTA Adult and Junior coaching products e.g., Cardio Tennis, Tennis Xpress, LTA Youth
  • Understand basic principles of skill acquisition, safeguarding and player development
  • Cost: £425.00

*There are four days of core training and one day of elective (coaches choose what specialisation they do for their fifth day). Core and elective training is booked (and paid for) separately. 

Training prerequisites

For optimal course quality and impact, the LTA Instructor has pre-requisites to ensure that the course demands are aligned with your existing knowledge and skills. For LTA Instructor, these are:

  • A current or previous rating of 7.1 (post 2003) or higher OR successful completion of an Instructor Readiness Test. The Readiness Test can take upto two weeks to complete - please allow sufficient time for completion when signing up for the course. 
  • Hold the Level 1 Coaching Assistant, LTA Tennis Assistants, or LTA Assistant qualification
  • Hold a DBS/PVG Enhanced Check with Child Barred List certificate applied for in the last 12 months through LTA/Tennis Scotland (volunteer certificates cannot be accepted).

Find out more about the LTA Instructor

Upcoming LTA Instructor Course Dates : TBC




LTA Coach: Core Training (Level 3)

The level 3 coach qualification course is for people who want to work full time within the tennis coaching profession. On successful completion of the coach qualification candidates will be able to:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals
  • Understand the basics of business management
  • Manage the work of level 1 and 2 coaching assistants
  • Understand the competitive structure in the UK
  • The course is structured across 12 days (plus an additional assessment day delivered centrally by the LTA). Between modules coaches will be required to take specific learning outcomes and apply their coaching experiences.
  • Cost: £950.00

Course pre-requisites

  • Hold the level 2 coaching assistant certificate/ECA/ETTC
  • Be LTA Accredited  or hold a DBS/PVG Enhanced Check with Child Barred List certificate (Volunteer certificates cannot be accepted) applied for through LTA/Tennis Scotland. The certificate must be less than 12 months old from the start date of the course. A DBS can be accepted if you are on the Update Service - see here for more details. Please note that it may take at least eight weeks for a DBS to be processed and you must hold a valid LTA DBS certificate upon booking. 
  • Have (or have had) a rating of 6.1 (post 2003) or better, have successfully completed the Coach Readiness Test or have previously completed a Play Test (at a minimum of Grade 1). 
  • Hold a valid certificate of competence in either First Aid at Work (FAW), Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), Paediatric First Aid or will have successfully completed the OFQUAL Level 3 in First Aid.

Find out more about the LTA Coach course here

Upcoming LTA Course Course Dates : TBC


Additional Qualifications

Pre-LTA Assistant (Level 1): Taster Course for Females

This course is ideal for women who are considering getting involved in coaching. This taster course will build knowledge, confidence and provide an opportunity to ask questions about undertaking the LTA Assistant (Level 1).

Cost: FREE

Upcoming Dates:





LTA Level 3 Re-Assessment

Please be aware that you should ONLY pay for this assessment if you have completed the Level 3 Core Training, which includes your group Summative Assessment. 

The LTA Level 3 Summative Assessment is a real-life assessment where the eligible candidate submits a video of a 45-minute individual lesson in their home venue to LTA Learn to be marked by a member of the LTA Qualification Assessor team.

  • Assessments are recorded by you (using smartphone equipment and Bluetooth headphones) during a real-life lesson of your choice and then submitted virtually by video upload.  
  • Coaches who have completed their Level 3 course will be required to book their individual lesson Summative Assessment on the LTA Course Search Tool.  

Once your Assessment been marked by our LTA Qualification Assessors, you’ll be notified whether you have passed the course or will require a reassessment. In either case, you will receive expert feedback and an action plan to further develop your coaching from one of our Assessors. 

The link to pay for the Re-Assessment is HERE

LTA Introduction to Padel

Padel is a form of tennis that's easy to play, fun and extremely sociable. It's played mainly in a doubles format on an enclosed court about a third of the size of a tennis court and can be played in groups of mixed ages and abilities, as it's not power dominant. The rules are broadly the same as tennis, although you serve underhand and the walls are used as part of the game with the ball allowed to bounce off them.

One of the fastest growing sports across continental Europe, padel has gained increasing popularity over recent years, with over six million people currently playing in Spain. To find out more about Paddle see HERE

Upcoming Dates: TBC

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

How to Deliver Cardio Tennis

This course is ideal for coaches looking to provide a high-intensity, fitness-inspired version of tennis coaching that will appeal to a wide variety of current and new players.

Cost: £40.00

Upcoming Dates:

There are currently no courses scheduled.



Coaching Large Numbers in Schools and Camps (Instructor Elective)

This course is ideal for coaches looking to enhance their delivery skills with larger groups. It includes lots of skill-based exercises and ideas on rotations, organisation and exercises to maximise involvement with lots of participants, but very little space.

Cost: £40.00

Upcoming Dates:

There are currently no courses scheduled.


Coach Better Doubles

This course is ideal for Coaches who deliver recreational doubles sessions as part of their weekly coaching and are looking for lots of new exercises and drills, alongside core coaching skills that result in quality doubles training.

Cost: £50.00

Upcoming Dates:

There are currently no courses scheduled.

How to Use Psychology to Optimise Player Development

How to Use Psychology to Optimise Player Development

This workshop will provide Coaches with a foundational understanding of applied sport psychology. It will teach Coaches how to use evidence-based psychological principles in their daily coaching practice. The learning outcomes for this course are: 

  • Understand the basics of motivational theory, and how they work practically on-court
  • Be able to optimise the ‘motivational climate’ and environment for players during training
  • Maximise player development by applying other key psychological principles to learning 

Coaches will benefit from this CPD by being able to better develop and retain players in their coaching sessions. The psychological coaching principles learned on the workshop will serve for all coaching environments, e.g., clubs, communities, and schools, and with players of any age or stage. 


Upcoming Dates:


There are currently no courses scheduled.



Coaching Female Players: From Physique to Technique

Coaching Female Players: From Physique to Technique

This course will expand coaches’ understanding of the specific needs of female players in terms of physical and technical development and the interrelationship between these areas.

Coaches will enhance their knowledge and skills, both theoretically and practically, across the following areas:

  • Understand the characteristics of the female anatomy
  • Learn and practice specific training exercises that enhance female physical development
  • Learn a framework for understanding the relationship between physique and technique
  • Examine norms and data relating to female stroke production, specifically regarding serving, forehands, and backhands
  • Practice drills and ideas to develop serving, forehands, and backhands in female players


There are currently no courses scheduled.

Performance Coaching : Standards, Principles and Drills

Performance Coaching : Standards, Principles and Drills:

This course will expand coaches’ understanding of the specific elements that make coaching ‘performance coaching’.

Coaches will enhance their knowledge and skills, both theoretically and practically, across the following areas:

  • Learn the standards to set on court with players across all areas of the performance coaching principles
  • Explore the routes to becoming an elite player and how to keep all options open for your players on their journey
  • Understand and practice fundamental coaching principles that underpin performance coaching
  • Learn and practice the go-to drills that top British players, like Cam Norrie and Emma Raducanu, use to develop their own games

Upcoming Dates: TBC



LTA Youth: Coach Foundation Training

This course is ideal for coaches looking to understand the fundamentals of LTA Youth. The course spans off-court and an introductory selection of on-court exercises across blue stage activity through to green stage.

Cost: £40.00

Upcoming Dates:

There are currently no courses scheduled.



LTA Youth: Orange to Green (Instructor Elective)

LTA Youth: Orange to Green (LTA Instructor Elective)

Take advantage of the golden stage of coordination and discover how to help the kids on your programme develop an all-court strategic game.

LTA Youth is the flagship coaching programme for junior players aged 4 – 18. Building on the success of Tennis for Kids, LTA Youth is a fresh, modern and comprehensive coaching programme, offering Coaches world class content, via a suite of videos and session plans for all stages of player development. The learning outcomes for this course are: 

  • Understand the over-arching coaching principles for LTA Youth
  • Increase knowledge of the LTA Youth competencies across tactical, technical, physical, mental, competition and social domains
  • Understand the skill acquisition and learning principles that underpin LTA Youth, which develop skills in a more robust way and provide children with a stronger sense of ongoing progression and challenge
  • Be able to deliver a range of new fun and dynamic group exercises and sessions, written specifically for players in the orange and green stages 

Upcoming Dates:

There are currently no courses scheduled.

County Coach Forums

The LTA Coach Forums are aimed at coaches with an interest in developing their on-court practice with grass-roots players, networking with like-minded coaches, and discussing key industry topics relevant to developing their business, their players and themselves. This is an event delivered in partnership with your County, Coach Development Centre and the LTA.

By the end of the LTA Coach Forum, participants will:

·      Understand how to practically apply key coaching principles that ensure fun, active sessions that develop on-court decision making

·      Be able to better develop and train tactical skills across three phases of play; attack, rally and defend, focusing on red stage players (but applicable to all beginner/intermediates)

·      Have an opportunity to learn from each other, coming away with peer-to-peer ideas that help develop yourself and your coaching business


Upcoming Dates: TBC

First Aid & Safeguarding Qualifications

Emergency First Aid at Work Courses

EFAW First Aid qualification for accredited coaches or those looking to take their next LTA qualification. 6 CPD Credits

Emergency First Aid at Work upcoming course dates:


There are currently no courses scheduled.

Safeguarding & Protection in Tennis

**This course is for all Level 1-5 Coaches and Welfare Officers looking to either join/renew coach accreditation or to get the safeguarding pre-requisite. You will also need to complete this course if your last safeguarding course was the LTA refresher 'Safeguarding in Tennis Together'. **

This is currently a virtual classroom (equivalent to a face to face course) hosted via Microsoft Teams.

You will be sent a Microsoft Teams link via email 3 days before the course starts. Please ensure the email address on your LTA profile is up to date and that you check your spam inbox to ensure you receive the joining instructions.

You do not need to print off anything before the course but may need to write notes as you go along. A handout will be provided after the course.


If you have completed face-to-face safeguarding training within the last 3 years you can take the online safeguarding module  Safeguarding In Tennis Together to renew. Please ensure you book onto the right version, as there are role specific versions (i.e. one for coaches, one for Welfare Officers etc).


This course is essential for anyone who has contact with children and/or adults at risk in a tennis environment. 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what safeguarding means
  • Identify how safeguarding issues can arise and what you can do to minimise the chance of them happening
  • Understand the types of abuse and neglect in children and adults at risk and the impact this can have
  • Learn best practice for responding to safeguarding concerns
  • Understand the current landscape of safeguarding and how the LTA can support you

Important information:

  • The duration of this course is three hours including a break
  • This course has been approved by the LTA for 3 CPD credits
  • The minimum age to attend is 16 years old
  • If you are a volunteer, you can buy this course for £10
  • If you are a coach, you can buy this course for £30

When Purchasing the course you will specify your chosen date in the Questionnaire


Upcoming Dates: TBC


Contact Us

For any queries regarding coach education including qualifications, electives and CPDs, please contact the following:

Tennis CDC

Loughborough University Students